Gaborone Sun houses the needy
Gaborone Sun hotel last week responded to President Ian Khama’s poverty alleviation call as they donated a fully furnished house to an impoverished family at Bokaa village.
The donation that came in time to save 65-year old Keitumetse Medupe and her nine dependents from the scotching winter, was welcomed by Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism Kitso Mokaila together with presidential appeal coordinators Colonel Duke Masilo and Satar Dada.
An impressed Colonel Masilo told Your Money that the Office of the President(OP) started the housing appeal in August 2009 and that the response has been overwhelming. “The objective of the project is to build houses for the needy people who are identified by their respective communities. So far about 441 houses have been pledged across the country and we can only encourage other organizations to come on board to help turn the national Vision 2016 into reality,” he said.
An equally elated Dada said he was impressed with the response from various companies. “We have hardly gone out to mobilize people but the response is very positive and encouraging,” he said.
Amid the jubilation, the grateful Medupe, opened doors to her new two-bedroomed home furnished with curtains, bunk beds, blankets, couches, a gas stove and a month’s supply of food.
“I can never thank Gaborone Sun enough for this generosity. I’ve lived in a shack for too long but I’m glad that my kids will grow in a decent home with dignity. I am honoured to be a beneficiary of such immense kindness,” Medupe said.
Gaborone Sun General Manager, Derick Van Der Nest, said the hotel partnered with Five Star Construction company who also employed local labourers to assist in building the house. “This means that not only is there a beneficiary of a house but beneficiaries in terms of work, payment and skills development. We have a responsibility to give back to communities in the areas where we operate and this is just one of the many projects that Sun International is involved in,” he said.
Gaborone Sun also recently handed over a vegetable garden in Oodi village where it financed the building of a vegetable growth tunnel. The community is responsible for the garden and produce from the garden will be sold and utilized to feed children in children’s homes.